The Ten Commandments are a set of do’s and don’ts that many people hold to as a time-tested moral foundation for virtuous living. Even those whose church attendance is limited to weddings and funerals often refer to the Ten Commandments as something to which society should adhere. Returning them to the classroom and preserving it on courtroom walls is what we need, some would say. And while there are certainly more than ten commandments in the bible, they do seem to stand out as something special, if at least because of the way they were given to Moses. The question I wonder, however, is does anyone actually keep them?
You won’t find much wall art or wooden plaques at your neighborhood Christian bookstore that say things like Repent or Be Baptized in Jesus’ Name. But you’ll find lots of stuff with the Ten Commandments on them. And why not? They remind of God’s laws. They look great carved into wood. Ten is a nice, round number. But again I wonder, does anyone actually keep them?
The rich man in Luke 28 was no doubt happy to report to Jesus, “Hey! I already keep those commandments!” Did he? How about the very first one: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Oops. The rich man who thought he was doing alright didn’t even keep commandment #1. How do we know this? When Jesus asked him to give away his money, he went away sorrowfully.
To the rich man, money came before God. Pretty bad, right? No doubt. But before we poor folks think more highly of ourselves than we should, let us consider what we sometimes also put before God. Our career? Our family? Our comfort? Entertainment? Sleep? What is so important that it can keep you from going to church and serving God? Who is so important at church that they are the only reason you even show up?
Do we even keep commandment #1? It’s a tough question but one we need to ask. Click on the SERMONS tab and listen to the Sunday evening message Commandment #1. Then, after you’ve listened, what answer would you give?
- Elder Krueger